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2023: Abdullahi Adamu’s Thrust And Trust In The Turn Of Tinubu To Turn The Tide



Abdullahi Adamu APC National Chairman


By Bala Ibrahim.

Leadership, particularly political party leadership, is an important responsibility that helps to direct the affairs of the party, for improved efficiency, and the ultimate achievement of it’s goal, which is electoral victory. Leaders are therefore expected to provide the clarity of purpose, motivation, and the needed guidance, for the party to arrive at the bus stop of success. Such thrust from leaders helps in serving several functions that are crucial to the success of the party, especially in the countdown to the general elections.

Nigeria is at that crossroad or critical political juncture, in which every decision made matters beyond the ordinary, and fortunately for the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, the captain of the plane, in the person of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, is a veteran in the art of party politics and the intrigues therein. Because politics is the art of governance, as well as the exercise of control within the party and the society at large, through the making and enforcement of collective decisions, one of the most important functions of a leader is to provide the vision, along with the thrust for the actualization of the vision. Sen. Abdullahi Adamu is not only providing the vision, but also the push or thrust, out of the trust that for the presidential race, it is the turn of Tinubu to turn the tide.

There is an apprehension in the minds of some political pundits, one of whom spoke to me yesterday, that, although the north is the stronghold of the APC, which governs 14 out of the 19 states of the region, but because Tinubu is not from the region, the chances of the north voting for him are slim. They would rather vote for their own, he said. I said to him, sorry, wrong number!. Tinubu’s victory in the north in particular, and the country in general, is a fait accompli.

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All the analysis and permutations are sign posting in the direction of success for Tinubu, and virtually all of them are coming from the mouth of the northerners, including the party chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu. Time without number, I’ve heard the chairman refer to Tinubu as, “ the President in waiting”. And the reason is simple- he is providing the thrust, out of the trust that it is the turn of Tinubu to turn the tide.

To turn the tide means to reverse the situation, and from the body language of the APC northern governors, and the thrust from the party Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, Tinubu has come to do that, including shaming the sceptics. It may be recalled that, at the last national convention of the party on the 8th of June 2022, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu polled 1,271 votes, defeating 13 aspirants, after seven others stepped down for him at the last minute. The feat was accomplished through the unanimous support of the 14 northern governors, who were unambiguous in saying that it is the turn of the south to have a go at the presidency.

Yes, there is a justifiable concern that Tinubu would slug it out with the candidates of 16 other parties, including heavy weights like the Waziri of Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and Eng. Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People Party (NNPP), who are not only from the north, but strong forces to reckon with in the region in particular, and the country in general. But again, sorry, wrong number!, there is a collective thrust and trust, that it is the turn of Tinubu to turn the tide. And the crusade is championed by the Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu.

In the beginning, because of the intrigues that played out, some detractors attempted creating a crack in the crusade, by insinuating something secretly illicit against the candidature of Tinubu, pointing accusing finger at the chairman, but that was only in the imagination of the political nincompoop.

Knowing Sen. Abdullahi Adamu well, alongside his non destructive predisposition, Tinubu has been busy debunking the conspiracy, including a personal visit to the chairman, with a follow up by his wife the next day, where they publicly punctured the machination.

The northern support is not surprising anyway, because, in recent years, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had taken deliberate steps to build alliances with the political leaders in the north, especially in the states of Katsina and Kano, the key reservoirs of votes in the region. Tinubu’s concern for the concerns of Kano in particular, has helped to woo an incredible support and sympathy for him.

Indeed there is the issue of Kwankwaso and Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau in Kano, but given the political dynamics of Kano, with the antecedent of the state in voting based on circumstantial merits, as they did in voting Abiola against their own, late Bashir Tofa in 1993, many pundits are of the belief that, the support of the northern governors of the APC, and the trust and thrust by the Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, would combine to convince Kano to agree that, it is the turn of Tinubu to turn the tide.

Hon. Festus Keyamo, SAN, the APC Presidential campaign spokesperson was quick with a josh on the PDP, the presumed brain behind the non existent crack in the APC crusade, thus: “If PDP begs us, we may consider donating the real unifier, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to assist in unifying their ranks, to get them ready for their comprehensive defeat in 2023. We want a healthy opposition during the election. We don’t want the excuse that we fought with a disabled opponent”.


Open Letter To Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf -Fakhruddeen



Fakhraddin Auwal



Fakhraddin Auwal

Good day, Your Excellency, Sir.
I hope my message has reached you in good health and may the Almighty Allah guide, protect, and continue to bless your administration.

I would like to start by thanking Allah, the Highest, for accepting the prayer of Kanawa and making you the governor and rescuer of Kano state and its good people.

Indeed you came into power when the state is in a despicable situation, when almost nothing is in good shape, and public properties had been sold, or maliciously converted to personal enterprises, Insecurity–in the form of phone snatching–infesting our streets. Meanwhile, we thank God, the Almighty. With your impressionable 5 days in office, we are hopeful that Kano state will prosper and the glory of the state will soon be restored, in sha Allah.

Your Excellency Sir, I may seem small, and inexperienced to claim any expertise in governance or challenge any decision coming from your strong team of intellectual and highly educated figures. But I want to be heard.

As you have promised to work for Kano and Kanawa based on the state’s–not your personal–interest, I know you must have your door open for advice and suggestions.

As I was happy yesterday morning about the demolition of some illegal buildings around Filin Folo, I came across a paper that I’m not sure about its authenticity, going around on social media containing the list of some places to be demolished because they were illegally sold by the previous government.

Your Excellency Sir, I am in support of revoking any unlawful land allocation in the state and even the demolition of the ones that are unimportant to society, however, I’m not in support of the demolition of the ones that may benefit our states, like Masallacin Idi and some parts of Badala due to the following reasons.

One of the major problems that you inherited from the previous government is insecurity which we all believe that it is majorly a result of illiteracy and unemployment, which are also the course of the economic deterioration of the state!

1. Sir, for Masallacin Idi.
it’s very disheartening to see historic places being sold or given freely to some individuals, however looking at it from another end, the massive growth of population and unemployment rate in the state and the positive contributions of the said places to the Kano state economy, one may be accurate to assert that the place has more advantage to the Kano state residents as a market than as Eid-prayer ground because, the place is very close to the two of the major markets of the state Kwari and ƙofar Wambai all of which needed to be expanded, as our population is exponentially growing and from my personal observation, there are at least 3,000 to 5,000 people that are running their businesses within and outside the place every day making about 1.1 to 1.8 million users yearly. When utilized for the biannual rituals, however, not more than 50,000 people are using it, which is insignificant (less than 5%) compared to the previous one. Moreover, after the biannual usage of the place only becomes useless and criminals hide out throughout the rest of the year.

Thus, I suggest that government should look into the possibility of utilizing place the two, compatible purposes of Ead and Marketing or relocating the Masallacin Idi to the Ƙofar Na’isa sports institute which is big enough to be divided into two parts Eid and the institute leaving the entire place for the Eid and relocate the institute to another place or Masallacin Sarki and leave the place solely as the market.

2. Badala
Even though Badala is one of the most important and prominent parts of the state’s history however for the people that are living in that area, the Badala is also coursing a lot of insecurity, as it mostly serves as a criminal hideout. In this light, sir, the demolition of these buildings may increase the insecurity in areas around Badala.
your government should look into the possibility of taking over the control of the buildings for public use and if the demolition is necessary it should come up with something that makes the place look more beautiful than it’s now and at the same time help to curtail insecurity.

Finally, as I wish you a hitch-free tenure with colorful results, I hope my advice and suggestions will be given due consideration.

Thank you
Yours faithfully,
Fakhruddeen Auwal Taheer.

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PDP Member Hopes for Atiku Abubakar’s Confirmation as President



Mai Nasiha

KANO, Nigeria – Alhaji Salman Mai Nasiha, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state, expressed hope that Atiku Abubakar would be confirmed as the country’s president, as he criticized the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to improve the lives of Nigerians, especially the masses.

In a statement to journalists, Mai Nasiha highlighted the high expectations held by the people, hoping for a better quality of life and welfare under Buhari’s administration. However, he lamented that their hopes were dashed, resulting in even greater hardships.

Mai Nasiha further criticized Buhari’s administration for accumulating significant debt on the country, which he believed would burden future generations with even more difficulties. He also expressed disappointment in the performance of the 9th Senate and members of the National Assembly, referring to them as sycophants who failed to positively impact the lives of Nigerians, but instead contributed to the nation’s challenges.

Commenting on the recent general election, Mai Nasiha referred to it as marred by fraud, leading to Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP, challenging the results in court after Bola Tinubu was declared the winner. With the ongoing hearing at the election tribunal court, Mai Nasiha expressed hope for Abubakar’s confirmation as the country’s president.

Highlighting the PDP’s track record, Mai Nasiha praised the party’s policies and achievements during its previous administration, asserting that PDP governors had outperformed their counterparts from other parties. He cited the re-election of PDP governors in states such as Taraba, Bauchi, Adamawa, and Zamfara as evidence of public support for the party’s governance.

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What it Takes to Lead the Nigerian Senate”-Abdurrahman Joji



Abdurrahman Joji Adamu

As Nigeria’s 10th senate is set to begin in the first week of June, senators-elect across the nation have been making arrangements on who will take over as the President of the Senate. However, the process has been met with some controversy due to the country’s heterogeneous nature, which requires the participation and inclusiveness of every tribe and religion in the administration of the nation.

To lead the Senate and by extension, head the National Assembly, requires a parliamentarian with huge legislative expertise, adequate knowledge in the law-making process, executive/legislative relations, constitutional amendment process, bill enactment and passage, eloquence, communication skills, and above all, good interpersonal relationships. It is for this reason that the Senate Standing Order stipulates that senators who will contest the position of presiding officer shall be those who have been re-elected based on the number of times they have served.

So far, four senators-elect have shown interest in the position of Senate President: Senator Barau Jibrin, Abdul Aziz Yari, both from the North West region, Godswill Akpabio from the South South region, and Orji Uzor Kalu from the South East. However, the eligibility and competence of the four contestants must be evaluated based on their records of performances in legislation and public service.

Abdulaziz Yari, a former member of the House of Representatives and former Governor of Zamfara state for eight years, did not make a significant impact during his stay in the House. His eight-year tenure as Governor was characterized as a regime of tyranny with a lack of harmonious relationship between the government and the governed. He lacks the adequate knowledge to preside over the affairs of people that come from well-educated and intellectual backgrounds

Barau Jibrin, on the other hand, is a former member of the House of Representatives, a senator in the 8th and 9th Assemblies, and a senator-elect for the 10th Assembly. He is a graduate of accountancy and a professional in business and financial management. As a ranking senator, he has numerous sponsored bills, and his bravery and eloquence in the floor of the Senate are unprecedented. He is described by his constituents as a warrior and a philanthropist, and his record shows that he can handle the National Assembly matters and provide much-needed inclusive legislation.

Godwill Akpabio, a two-term Governor of Akwa Ibom, a one-term Senator of the Federal Republic, and former Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, is a lawyer by profession. During his first tenure as senator, he was privileged to be part of the 8th Senate leadership, and he gave the much-needed minority representation. As a politician that traversed all three tiers of government, it is expected that he can pilot the affairs of the Senate credibly.

Orji Uzor Kalu, a two-term Governor of Abia State and returning senator, is the incumbent Senate Minority Whip. He played an active role in the emergence of Chief Bola Tinubu and made a lot of noise in support of a same-faith ticket. He is a graduate of political science with good communication skills and is well acquainted with the votes and proceedings of the Senate. His politics has proven to be non-religious and non-tribalistic, considering how the whole South East supported and backed one of their very own sons in the presidential election. He deserves support for the fulfillment of his ambition.

To ensure justice and fairness as enshrined in the Federal Character principles, Sen Barau and Abdulaziz should jettison their ambitions to avoid the duplication and marginalization of power-sharing. The incoming President, who is a master strategist, should not allow this to happenAlthough the Senate elects its leader, it is crucial for the senators to choose a leader based on principles of justice, expertise, and fairness between the two geopolitical zones of the South-South and South-East respectively. The task of filling the void left by the likes of David Mark, Bukola Saraki, and now Ahmed Lawan is highly challenging. These three former Senate Presidents presided over the Senate with a great deal of diligence, maturity, and stability, and it is essential to have successors who will continue to uphold their legacy of distinguished parliamentary practice, preservation of democratic culture, and consolidation of democracy.

As the responsibility of electing their leader lies solely on the senators, Nigerians await to see if we will have another rubber-stamp Senate. It is imperative for the Senate to assert its independence and maintain checks and balances against the Executive arm of government to ensure that democracy thrives in Nigeria.

Abdulrahman Joji Writes from Kano

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